SEVEN UNVEILS CONTENT PLANS FOR 2019
Slate includes new Bevan Lee drama and two supersized reality hits
Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson and Catherine McClements headline Miss Fisher spin-off
MKR’s 10 th anniversary season to launch the year
“ Top Gear meets food” in new Gordon Ramsay series New overseas dramas feature screen heavyweights
Martin Clunes, Sheridan Smith, Kelsey Grammer and more
(Sydney, Friday October 26): The Seven Network today unveiled its content plans for 2019.
Four new local dramas, including the next offering from creator Bevan Lee; two supersized reality hits; a female spinoff to one of the year’s most heart-warming hits and the landmark 10th season of one of Australia’s biggest shows are just some of the programs set to take Seven into its 13th consecutive year of leadership.
Commenting, Seven’s Director of Network Programming Angus Ross said: “After a close win last year, we promised to up our game in 2018, and the team has delivered in spades. We’ve broken records and dominated the ratings throughout the year. In fact, in every month we have never dropped below a 39% share, while our competitors have never been above 39%. Our worst is still better than their best.
“What’s particularly pleasing is that this success is down to the strength and depth of our programming across the board. From 6am to midnight, we have the strongest spine of ratings winners, bar none. And with the AFL and Cricket locked up until 2022, Seven can guarantee those mass audiences, and certainty for our advertisers, for years to come.”
NEW TO SEVEN IN 2019
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
From Australia’s most prolific creator/writer Bevan Lee ( Packed to the Rafters, A Place To Call Home, All Saints, Winners & Losers, Always Greener ) comes an intense, high concept contemporary drama series about two disparate and disconnected worlds, thrown together by death and a sacrifice in one and the chance for new life in the other. Bold, daring, emotionally gripping, fast paced and unpredictable, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS will push the boundaries of popular commercial drama in Australia. BETWEEN TWO WORLDS is a Seven Studios production.
SECRET BRIDESMAIDS’ BUSINESS
The lives of three friends are inextricably changed when one of them unwittingly invites a malevolent stranger into their world. A tangle of lies and laughter collides with a stalker’s chilling obsession in this contemporary adaptation of Elizabeth Coleman’s smash hit play. A celebration of female friendship reimagined as a high stakes thriller, SECRET BRIDESMAIDS’ BUSINESS will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. SECRET BRIDESMAIDS’ BUSINESS is a Seven Studios production.
MS FISHER’S MODERN MURDER MYSTERIES
Geraldine Hakewill ( Wanted ), Joel Jackson ( Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, Deadline Gallipoli ) and Catherine McClements ( Wentworth ) headline this spin-off of one of Australia’s most loved and successful series. Set in swinging ’60s Melbourne, Hakewill portrays the gorgeously reckless Peregrine Fisher who inherits a windfall when the famous aunt she never knew, Phryne Fisher, goes missing over the highlands of New Guinea. Detective James Steed (Jackson) is a smart, ambitious cop constantly hamstrung by the rigid leadership of his immoral boss but respectful of the hierarchy. Instantly attracted to Peregrine, he’s dazzled by her audacity and often drawn into her mad plans. With a mind like a steel trap, and ex-member of WW2 Special Forces, Birdie (McClements) is the ‘M’ of The Adventuresses’ operation and club president. A tough woman of high expectations, she recognises the ’60s are changing and they need new blood – but having Peregrine under her wing is also a way of staying connected to the old friend she misses desperately. MS FISHER’S MODERN MURDER MYSTERIES is produced by Every Cloud Productions with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for Channel Seven.
THE SUPER SWITCH
Australia’s most daring social experiment has gotten a whole lot bigger Based on Seven’s controversial series Seven Year Switch , six couples will put their relationships to the ultimate test in THE SUPER SWITCH. At a crossroads in their relationships, these brave couples will say goodbye to their loved ones to live in an experimental relationship with a total stranger. They will be paired with a like-minded person who will hold up a mirror to their own behaviour and help them answer the question – is the grass greener on the other side? This year, the social experiment has been supersized with all the couples split into two mansions, transforming the experiment into a shared experience. With three experimental couples living in each mansion, new dynamics, relationships, questions and answers will help all our couples decide if their real partner is in fact the one. THE SUPER SWITCH is a Seven Studios production.
The mother of all social experiments is getting a facelift Two women from two very different families swap their homes and lives for two weeks. But in this brand new reboot, the drama is intensified - with visits from the mothers- in-law and bombshells being dropped, these families are going to get a lot more than they bargained for. WIFE SWAP is a Screentime production for Channel Seven.
From the creator of The Bachelor comes the new sensation in dating shows. Each episode, 10 eligible daters compete in four pageant style rounds to win the heart of a mystery suitor or suitress whose identity is concealed from them. When the winner finally gets to meet their concealed suitor, it comes with a romantic proposal. Big and bold, THE PROPOSAL is a Warner Bros production for Channel Seven.
A wedding is the most important day of a couple’s life. But for some, an ordinary celebration just won’t do. They want the extraordinary. Extreme locations, extreme themes, extreme expenses – our cameras will be there from the initial planning stages through to the big day. EXTREME WEDDINGS is a Seven Studios production.
INSIDE ‘THE G’
For the first time ever, INSIDE ‘THE G’ takes viewers behind the scenes of one of the world’s biggest and busiest stadiums - the MCG. 100,000 capacity, 2,500 staff, 165 years of history The MCG is the place of our greatest national sporting memories, from Bradman to Warney to the greatest moments in AFL history. With unprecedented access to the cathedral of Australian sport, INSIDE ‘THE G’ will tell the stories of the projects, personalities and passions that bring this iconic stadium to life. From feeding the crowds to keeping them safe, every event offers a new set of challenges. INSIDE ‘THE G’ is a CJZ production for Channel Seven.
ISLANDS OF AMERICA
Martin Clunes embarks on an epic journey around the coast of America to discover what life is like on the surrounding islands for new documentary series, ISLANDS OF AMERICA. Following the successful series on the Islands of Britain and Islands of Australia , Martin has developed a fascination for the unique quality and appeal of island life, often in the most remote places on the planet. Now he’s setting off on a 10,000 mile journey, from the west to the east, to explore the vast swathe of islands which are scattered beyond America’s shores. He’s travelling from the primeval landscapes of Hawaii and Alaska to the playgrounds of presidents along the eastern seaboard. There are more than 18,000 islands with registered names, plus thousands more too small to be labelled. Each island has its own character and its own unique story to tell, and offers a new way of examining a country we imagine we know so well. ISLANDS OF AMERICA is a Buffalo Pictures production for ITV.
GORDON, GINO AND FRED: ROAD TRIP
“Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip proves instant TV gold as fans dub it ’ Top Gear with food’” - Digital Spy Three big egos, one small van. Fiery chefs Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix pack up their camper van and hit the road on a tour of their cherished homelands, where each of them has a special feast to prepare for. There are breakdowns (and it won’t just be the van) along the way as they immerse themselves in extreme adventures competing to find the best ingredients from some of the most stunning locations. With three countries, three weeks and three “coqs au vin” in close confinement what could possibly go wrong? The series begins in Italy as Gordon and Fred join forces to help Gino put on a sumptuous feast for a very unique wedding blessing on the beach. In France, the threesome will help deliver the first oyster festival. The Scottish leg of the journey will see them taking part in some highland fun and games. This is food on tour like never before, but will it be a case of too many cooks? A recent ratings hit for ITV, GORDON, GINO AND FRED: ROAD TRIP is produced by Studio Ramsay.
INSPIRED BY ACTUAL EVENTS
The two-part drama is a punchy, funny and violent adrenaline-ride through Sydney’s decadently gorgeous but completely inane world of crime. It’s just the kind of story that writer and director Gregor Jordan ( Two Hands, Ned Kelly ) is the perfect person to tell. AUSTRALIAN GANGSTER is a Roadshow Rough Diamond production for Channel Seven, with production funding from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW.
Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmania. January 27, 2009. Mother of two, Sue Neill-Fraser , 55, is woken by a call from the police – her yacht is sinking out in the bay. Sue’s partner, Bob Chappell , who was sleeping on board, has disappeared. The boat has been sabotaged, blood spatters the cabin stairs, a knife lies on the floor. Bob is never seen again, dead or alive. Sue soon becomes a suspect in Bob’s murder investigation. During interviews with detectives, she is caught in a string of lies. Seven months later, detectives arrest Sue, charging her with murder. Sue strongly maintains her innocence. While evidence is circumstantial and there is no body, the case is strong enough to go to court. After a high-profile murder trial that splits the tight Hobart community, Sue is found guilty. In October 2010, she is sentenced to 26-years in prison. But this case is far from closed… a band of supporters refuse to accept that Sue Neill-Fraser is a killer and they begin their own investigation, much of it filmed as it happens. This is the story of UNDERCURRENT, a true-crime series in the tradition of The Jinx and Making a Murderer . An active, unfolding investigation with twists, revelations and cliff-hangers. A series with the potential to divide opinion and spark debate across the country, right up to the dramatic final episode when the threads come together and the truth is revealed. UNDERCURRENT is a CJZ production for Channel Seven.